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Careers Wales website changes

The Careers Wales website is changing. From Monday 27 January 2020 Careers Wales will be switching the Beta site over to become the main Careers Wales website. The current Careers Wales website will be switched off.

Discover what’s new and what’s coming in future developments

What are the benefits of the new Careers Wales website?

We have made many improvements to the content, look and feel of the new website. These changes have been in response to your feedback, user research and design standards. 

You will be now viewing a Careers Wales website that:

  • Works on mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop
  • Has an improved navigation based on user research and testing
  • Contains new, updated and re-written content across the whole site
  • Has a new look and design with updated layouts, images and graphics
  • Is working towards achieving accessibility standards
What developments are already on the new website (currently Beta)?

There are already new resources on the Beta version of the website and these will continue when it goes fully live. These are:

Support Finder

Support finder was the first new development to go live on the Beta version of the Careers Wales website. It will continue to be available when the Beta site switches to the main live website.

Buzz Quiz

Buzz Quiz recently went live on the Beta version of the Careers Wales website. An updated version of Buzz Quiz is planned to go live when the new site goes live. It will include:

  • The ‘In a job section’ of buzz quiz will be reordered starting with jobs that don't need many qualifications to jobs that need more qualifications
  • Links to the job titles in Buzz Quiz will go to the new updated Job information titles
What new developments will go live when the new website is launched?

New developments that will go live with the new site are:

Job Information

The Job information leaflets will all have a new look and feel, and contain up to date information.

The new job information you’ll see comes out of listening to your feedback. This has enabled us to identify how you want job information presented and what content is important to you.

Career search (to be called Search job information)

You will still be able to search for job titles via a career search. This will now be called ‘Search job information’. These will now link to the new job information pages.

Site search

A first version of a site search is now on the Beta website. It will be tested and developed over time to improve its function as we see how people use it. 

You will be able to search for:

  • Information and advice contained in all the content pages across the new website. For example, if you type in ‘interview’ the pages that provide help with interviews will display.

In this first version of a site search you will not yet be able to search for the following:

  • Job information (These will be available through Search job information but not the general site search. This will be in the next phase of development)
  • Apprenticeship or Jobs Growth Wales vacancies (This function will be in the next phase of development)
What will I still be able to access from the old website?

You will still be able to sign on or log in to use the following resources:

  • Profile (for applying for vacancies)
  • Vacancies (for Apprenticeships and Jobs Growth Wales vacancies)
  • Job Matching Quiz

You will also still have access to view information and search for courses on:

  • Courses in Wales

Please note: if you are a careers professional / teacher and want to find out what changes there will be to the administration section please visit changes to the administration section.

What will no longer be available on the new Careers Wales website?

Some tools and resources will no longer be available.

The reasons for these vary and could include that they are:

  • Built on technology that is old or no longer supported, for example, games and activities
  • In line for future development that has not started yet, for example, Job Trends
  • Changes to Welsh Government and/or Careers Wales priorities

The following tools and resources will no longer be available for you to use after the new Careers Wales website goes live:

  • Job Trends
  • Games and Activities (including Interview Game, Holiday Game, Chick in the City)
  • Your documents
  • CV builder
  • CAP (Common Area Prospectus)
  • Qualification Wheel
  • Weblinks
  • My future
  • Year 9 options / Post 16 options
  • Skills cloud
  • Learning Pathway Plan
  • Free choice survey

Please note: If you are a careers professional / teacher and want to find out what changes there will be to the administration section please visit changes to the administration section.

How will the changes affect me?

There will be a few places where you may need to take action to make sure your information is not lost.

CV Builder

If you have used CV Builder and saved your CV there, you will need to save it on your own device. From 27 January 2020 you will no longer be able to access any CVs you have saved under CV Builder.

Your documents

If you have any documents such as CVs or covering letters stored in ‘Your documents’ you will need to download them and save them in your own device. From 27 January 2020 you will no longer be able to access any documents you have saved under ‘Your documents’.

Administration (Careers Professionals)

If you are a careers professional / teacher and want to find out what changes there will be to the administration section please visit changes to the administration section.

What developments are being planned for the new website?

We will be redeveloping many of our tools and resources and improve them by:

  • Giving more features
  • Making them easier to use
  • Providing up to date information

Tools and resources next in line for development include:

Job Trends

The Spotlights and Careers in (labour market) pages will be redeveloped so that they will work on mobile and contain up to date labour market information. 

We aim to have the new Job Trends available on the website for the spring of 2020.

In the short term you can find labour market information within the new Job Information job titles.

My future

My future is a resource for those with additional learning needs. Work has began to start the redevelopment of resources for users with additional learning needs.

Will the web address be different?

Yes, the web address (URL) will be changing.

The new Careers Wales web address (URL) will be careerswales.gov.wales.

If you use the old web addresses (URL) for either the Beta site beta.careerswales.gov.wales or the current live site careerswales.com they will redirect you to the new website.

Our Beta site is becoming our new live site

Start using Beta now and explore the new content, navigation and design.